Calendar of Events


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Calendar of Events

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Grove, OK: Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m., downtown. 

Pittsburg, KS: Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

Anderson, MO: September 2 & 16, 8 a.m.-noon, 100 N. Jefferson St. 

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m., north side of the historic Carthage square.

Lamar, MO: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street.

Monett, MO: Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon, directly across from the library downtown. 

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Pittsburg, KS

Wednesdays: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Drop the H Brewing Company, 107 E. Rose St.

Thursdays: Thursday Night Line Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165. Check our Facebook page during the month as artists may offer popups.

Every Tuesday: Art Exploration/Weekly Beginning Painting, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Explore different art techniques. Feel free to bring something you are working on.

Crawford County Events

Aug.28-Sept. 3: Little Balkans Days Festival

Sept. 1-2: Cow Creek Living History

Sept. 2: Walnut Days Festival

Sept. 8-9: Cherokee Fall Festival

Sept. 9: Arcadia’s Old Settlers Days

Sept. 17: Greenbush Day

Sept. 22-24: McCune Fall Festival

Sept. 29-30: Big Brutus Music Festival & Overland Rally

Sept. 29: Pittsburg Fall ArtWalk

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Pickleball, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 1-3 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Tuesday Yoga 6 p.m. 

Sept. 2: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., adults $6; children under 6 years, $3. The CJ Lions Club sponsors a monthly buffet breakfast with proceeds going to various community organizations and projects. All proceeds and donations for September will go directly to Cavanaugh Studyvin, director of CJ Chamber of Commerce, for her medical expenses.

Diamond, MO – George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

Sept. 2 & 3: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life, 1 p.m. An Iowa Public Broadcasting Service documentary that highlights George Washington Carver’s complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work.

Sept. 9: Prairie Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrating life on the Missouri prairie during the late 1800s when George Washington Carver was a child, this event includes basket weaving, candle-making, spinning, weaving, storytelling, music, quilting, a junior ranger station and more. 

Sept. 16 & 17: Casting a Legacy-Art Walk, 1 p.m. Join a park ranger for a walk near the visitor center, exploring commemorative artwork along the trail.  

Sept. 23: National Public Lands Day, 9 a.m.-noon. A nationwide, volunteer-led workday to improve public lands. Contact the park for more details. 

Sept. 23: Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society. Learn more about this culture through song, dance, foods and interpretation.  

Sept. 30: Historic Neosho Schoolhouse, 11:30 a.m., 639 Young St., Neosho. Join a park ranger where George Washington Carver first attended school and learn about his struggles for education.  

Joplin, MO

Sept. 8-9: ROCK STOCK: Joplin Local Legends Concert Weekend, Food trucks and exhibitors will open at 3 p.m. each day, with the staged entertainment performing from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Amphitheater in Landreth Park, 905 N. Murphy Blvd. As a finale for the year-long sesquicentennial, the Joplin Celebrations Commission, along with Freeman Health System, presents a two-day festival concert. Friday night will focus on the music of the ‘90s to today, whereas Saturday night will reflect on the music of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Free to attend.

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr. The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife. Check out the native plant landscaping and exhibits or hike the trails. Purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek. Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email [email protected] or visit for upcoming events. The parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Sept. 8: Little Acorns: Terrific Turtles, 10:30-11 a.m. Learn more about our slow-moving reptile friends and make a turtle craft of your own to take home. Registration required. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. 

Sept. 9: Virtual Program: Where Can I? – HUNT, 9-9:45 a.m. Looking at different fall seasons, locations, permits needed and where can you purchase them. Registration required. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Sept. 9: Introduction to Archery, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. We will talk about equipment, techniques and how to be safe while shooting bows and then practice these skills. All equipment will be provided. Registration required. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Sept. 12: Amazing Monarch Webinar, 10-11 a.m. Learn more about the lifecycle and migration of these beautiful butterflies before they quietly flutter away to their winter hibernaculum in Mexico. Registration required. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Sept. 16: Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop by any time at this free event to purchase native plants for your landscaping needs. Vendors will offer hardy plants native to Missouri and will provide information about the benefits of planting native species. 

Sept. 16: Monarch Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled day of monarch butterfly-themed activities and crafts as we celebrate their migration. Learn more about monarchs’ incredible migration and conservation efforts to help stop their declining populations.  

Sept. 22: Campfire Stories and S’mores, 6-9 p.m. All ages are welcome, registration is required and space is limited! We will meet at Walter Woods, so bring a lawn chair, flashlight and everything else will be provided!

Sept. 29: Hunter Education: Skills Session, 6-10 p.m. This skills session will satisfy part two of the Missouri Hunter Education requirements. To enter the session, you must complete the knowledge portion and provide proof of completion by presenting either a qualifier certificate or a completed hunter education student manual on the day of the event. Registration required. Recommended for ages 11 and up.  

Webb City, MO

Saturdays: Webb City Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m.-noon. Farm-fresh produce, baked goods, herbs, jams, jellies, humanely raised meats and so much more. Information: 417.438.5833.

Pierce City, MO

Sept. 23: Pierce City Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Pierce City South Park, 100 S. Elm St. Family-friendly community event with food trucks, vendors, games for kids, farmer’s market, live music, wine garden and more! Info: 417.489.3041.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, email [email protected] or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. 

On various dates in September, Wildcat Park Habitat Restoration Initiative, ongoing project. Wildcat Glades Nature Group, in partnership with Missouri Southern State University, continues to have workdays to remove invasive species at Wildcat Park. Invasive species are detrimental to native plants and wildlife in the park. Removing the invasive species provides better habitat for plants and animals, and in turn, benefits us. The restoration plan will be carried out over the next 10 years. The workdays are completed by Wildcat volunteers, representatives from MSSU and Wildcat staff. If you are interested in becoming involved with the project, please reach out to [email protected].

Sept. 8: Lost Creek Water Festival, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Eastern Shawnee PowWow Grounds. Visit the Wildcat Glades Nature Group booth, held by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe’s Water Quality Monitoring Program. 

Sept. 9: Prairie Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., George Washington Carver National Monument. Wildcat Glades Nature Group will have a booth led by our volunteers, highlighting our efforts at Wildcat Park and beyond.

Sept. 8 & 9: Joplin Sesquicentennial Rock Stock, 3-11 p.m., at Landreth Park. Stop by our booth to purchase your beverages while celebrating Joplin’s 150th birthday. All proceeds benefit the Wildcat Glades Nature Group.

Sept. 9: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage, led by Peaceful Yoga. Free to attend for ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult. Must pre-register. Info:  

Sept. 13 & 16: Preschool Connections: Raccoons and Ripe Corn, 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. We will read Raccoons and Ripe Corn, play a toss game, make a craft and learn about raccoons. Ages 3-7. Sponsored by Calvin Cassady. Registration required. Info:

Sept. 23: Nature Explorers: World of Wetlands at Cardinal Valley, 10 a.m.-noon. Join us on-site to learn about wetlands and the history of the Cardinal Valley wetlands. Registration required. Info:

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Carthage, MO

Sept. 30: Hispanic Heritage Festival, noon-11 p.m. at Central Park. Join Hispanic Connection for the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival and explore the rich offerings of Hispanic culture! Enjoy live music and traditional dancing as well as a wide assortment of food vendors offering delicious dishes. Free. Info: [email protected]. 


Aug. 11-Sept. 16: Choreographing Color by Eric Beezley, artCentral Carthage. Enjoy colorful, abstract paintings. Free; donations appreciated. Info: [email protected], 417.358.4404.

Joplin, MO


Sept. 3: Missy Andersen with Heine Andersen, 7 p.m. at The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. The tenacious twosome of Missy and her guitar player/husband Heine were noted as displaying “a musical maturity that is as entertaining as it is compelling” by PBS Australia and “the real deal” by Washington Blues Society. Info: [email protected]. All proceeds benefit the artist performing. Suggested, minimum donation: $25.

Sept. 8 & 9: ROCK STOCK: Joplin Local Legends Concert Weekend, Landreth Park. ROCK STOCK, a two-day music festival is the final event of the Joplin 150th Celebration (1873-2023). Friday night, enjoy a wide variety of ‘90s and modern hits, and on Saturday night, experience music from the ‘70s and ‘80s. There will also be a beer garden, an opportunity for the public to meet with area not-for-profit organizations, and a selection of local food truck cuisine. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.625.4791, X1271.

Sept. 20-24: The Glass Menagerie, 7:30 p.m. (Sunday 2:30 p.m.), Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. Reservations encouraged; reserve your ticket at or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, senior citizens/students $15. Info: [email protected].

Sept. 21: Imani Winds, 7-9 p.m. at First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St. Pro Musica kicks off its 44th season with the renowned Imani Winds! Join them for a dynamic performance of Latin music for woodwind quintet. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.625.1822.

Sept. 23: The Ides Decennium Celebration, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall. Join Joplin-based band Me Like Bees to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of their debut album. Me Like Bees will be joined by St. Louis sensation Matt F. Basler. Tickets at, or call 417.501.5550 or come to the C2C box office. Tickets: $20–$25. Info: [email protected], 417.501.5550.


Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 p.m., Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 p.m.; 21+ from 10 p.m. until close. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.540.9186.

Sept. 7: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Map of participating locations is available at Free. Info: [email protected], 417.438.5931.

Sept. 8-10: JOMO PrideFest 2023, downtown Joplin. Enjoy a Pride parade, special exhibits, an all-day Pride street festival, drag brunch and Pride in the Park, as well as appearances from platinum recording artists. Free. Info:, [email protected], 417.310.3700.

Sept. 9-10: Paint the Ozarks: Plein Air Paint Out (ages 18+). Flex your plein air painting muscles with a plein air painting workshop with Kansas City artist Larry DeGraff Friday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wildcat Glades. Then, put your painting tips to the test from 8 a.m. Sept. 9 to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 as painters spread out across Joplin to capture scenes that captivate them. More than $1,000 in cash prizes, and an exhibition of entries will follow during the month of September. Registration required; register at Cost: JRAC or Spiva members $25, non-members $35. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

Sept. 12: Tuesday Knight Chess (ages 11-18), 6-7:30 p.m.,Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Teens who want to up their chess game can sharpen skills and trade tips by meeting in the Teen Department of Joplin Public Library for practice games and strategize. Designed for teens in grades 6-12 with basic knowledge of and experience playing chess. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.623.7953. X1027.

Sept. 12: Old Hollywood Movie Night (ages 18+), 6-7:30 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Take a trip to 1944 with a classic Hollywood movie! Participants will learn some facts about film noir and watch a noir film released in 1944, in which a condemned man’s secretary tries to save him by finding his wife’s killer. Like many classic Hollywood films, this film does not have an age rating, but this program is suggested and designed for adults ages 18 years and older. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.623.7953, X1030.

Sept. 14: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Info: [email protected], 417.691.0480.

Sept. 15 & 16: Ninth Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Southwest Missouri’s premier fall fine arts festival, Joplin Arts Fest promotes the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and its surrounding area. This two-day, juried event includes fine artist booths, live performances by local artists, delicious food and more. Free. Info: [email protected], 928.514.7713.

Sept. 16: Monarch Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 Riviera Dr. Enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating the migration of monarch butterflies! See monarch caterpillars and butterflies, play games, complete crafts and participate in citizen science as staff catch and tag butterflies. All ages welcome. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.629.3434.

Sept. 16: Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 Riviera Dr. Purchase native plants for your landscaping needs! Vendors will offer hardy plants native to Missouri and will provide information about the benefits of planting native species. Free; plants available for sale. Info: [email protected], 417.629.3434.

Sept. 16: Anime/Manga Club (ages 11-18), 2-3:30 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Joplin Public Library’s Teen Department invites you to enjoy the exciting world of anime and manga! Hang out, watch some anime, draw your favorite characters and more. Cosplay is always welcome but never required. This activity is designed for teens in middle school and high school. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.623.7953, X1027.

Sept. 16 & 17: Casting a Legacy – Art Walk, 1 p.m. at George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, Missouri. Meet with a George Washington Carver National Monument ranger for a walk near the visitor center and explore the commemorative artwork along the trail. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.325.4151.

Sept. 18: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6-8 pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Open mic sign-up begins at 6 p.m. Featured reader begins at 6:15 p.m. Open mic readings follow at 7 p.m. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. Free. Info: [email protected].

Sept. 21: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Joplin. Third Thursday, Joplin’s premier cultural event, is back! Every third Thursday, March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in downtown Joplin to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment and food. Free. Info: [email protected], 928.514.7713.

Sept. 22-24: Rock-A-Thon: 24th Annual Gem & Mineral Expo, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Enjoy the amazing world of rocks and gems at the 24th annual Gem & Mineral Expo presented by Tri-State Gem & Mineral Society and Joplin Parks and Recreation! Peruse bead jewelry, learn to identify local minerals, crack geodes, participate in rock swaps, shop for gems and more. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.623.1180, X1586.

Sept. 23: National Public Lands Day, 9 a.m.-noon, George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, Missouri. A nationwide, volunteer-led workday to improve public lands. Contact George Washington Carver National Monument at 417.325.4151 to learn how you can get involved! Free. Info: [email protected], 417.325.4151.

Sept. 23: Joplin Collectors’ Expo 2023, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Irving Elementary School, 2901 McClelland Blvd. See special guests Bushwhacker Luke and The Demon participate in a Super Smash Brothers Tournament or browse comics, sports cards, toys and memorabilia offered by more than 50 different vendors. All ages welcome. Cost: Adults (ages 18+) $5, children (ages 17 and under) admitted free. Info: [email protected], 417.291.0192.

Sept. 26: Teen Game Night (ages 11-18), 6-7:30 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Teen Game Nights are back! Join Joplin Public Library and play board games, cards and chess. This activity is designed for teens in middle school and high school. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.623.7953, X1027.


Sept. 1-30: Earth, Iron, and Fire by Rolanda Root, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. See encaustic paintings inspired by Greek mythology from artist Rolanda Root. Info: [email protected], 417.483.5558.

Sept. 1-30: Mexican Essence in the Midwest by Mauricio Zuniga, Urban Art Gallery, 511 S. Main St. Mauricio Zuniga, a Mexican artist currently residing in Kansas City, presents a collection of Cubist and Surrealist paintings. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.438.5931.

Sept. 1-30: Unseen Forces by Merlen White and Eric Haun, Club 609, 609 S. Main St. Good food and great art—what more could you ask for? See celestial paintings by Merlen White and photography and metal work from Eric Haun, and grab a bite to eat. Free. Info: 417.529.9612.

Sept. 5-Oct. 11: Finding Inspiration: Dublin Photographs & Paintings 1963/2020 by Alen MacWeeney & Pesya Altman, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. The exhibited work of Alen MacWeeney, an internationally recognized photographer from Ireland, and Pesya Altman, a painter from Israel, create awareness of the history and culture of Ireland, notably the backdrop of Dublin. The photographs and paintings give viewers a glimpse into the core of Ireland—the people. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.625.3066.


Sept. 8: Paint the Ozarks: Plein Air Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wildcat Glades, 301 Riviera Dr. Prepare for Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and Spiva Center for the Arts’ Plein Air Paint-Out with this pre-competition, full-day workshop! Join award-winning painter Larry DeGraff as he demonstrates the art of plein air painting. Registration required; register by visiting Cost: $175. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

Sept. 8: Little Acorns: Terrific Turtles (ages 3-7), 10:30-11 a.m., Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 Riviera Dr. Join the staff of the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center to learn more about our slow-moving reptile friends and make a turtle craft of your own to take home. Registration required; register at Free. Info: [email protected], 417.629.3434.

Sept. 13: Preschool Nature Connections: Raccoons and Ripe Corn (ages 3-7), 10-11 a.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage, 301 Riviera Dr. Participants will read “Raccoons and Ripe Corn” by Jim Arnosky, play a toss game, make a craft and learn about raccoons. Registration required; register by visiting or emailing [email protected]. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.708.7713.

Sept. 23: Nature Explorers: World of Wetlands at Cardinal Valley (ages 7-14), 10 a.m.-noon, Cardinal Valley in Webb City, Missouri. There is an important wetland in Webb City called Cardinal Valley. Over 220 bird species have been documented at this crucial habitat. Join Wildcat Glades Nature Group on-site to learn about wetlands and the history of the Cardinal Valley wetlands. Registration required; register by visiting or emailing [email protected]. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.708.7713.

Sept. 23: Family Fun Painting Class (ages 8+), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring one of hundreds of Impressionist paintings from artists like Van Gogh or Monet. You can also bring your own printed reference photo to paint, like a photo of your pet. Ages 8+ are welcome and cost includes all materials as well as a free ice cream cone from Caroline’s! Registration required; visit Local Color during regular business hours or call 417.553.0835 to sign up. Cost: $30. Info: [email protected], 417.553.0835.

Sept. 30: Outdoor Yoga (ages 18+), 9:30-10:30 a.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Begin your day with outdoor yoga! This class is open to any experience level. A few yoga mats will be on hand but attendees should bring a yoga mat to practice on (or a towel or small blanket). This class will be held in Joplin Public Library’s Outdoor Classroom, weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, the class will be moved indoors. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.623.7953, X1030.


Create N’ Sip Studios, 223 W. 3rd St.:

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. Canvas and home decor DIY event. Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. $28-$58. Info: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 a.m. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N’ Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. Info: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.: Call the gallery at 417.553.0835 to sign up.

Every Tuesday: Beginner’s watercolor class, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $20. Bring your own supplies. Ages 8 and up. 

Every Tuesday: Improve Your Painting and Learn Principles of Design., 2 p.m. Bring your own watercolor, oils or acrylic paint for personal instruction from award-winning artist Paula Giltner. $20.

Every Wednesday: Drawing class, 3-5 p.m. $25; all drawing supplies furnished.

Elements Art Gallery and Studio, 2207 W. 7th St., Ste. 8:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Art Buffet, 1-4:30 p.m. Create with others and receive assistance from professional artists. All ages and all types of media welcome. Cost: $5 with your supplies, $15 with provided acrylic and watercolor supplies. Info: [email protected], 417.691.8285.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin, 112 S. Main St.:

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (ages 18+), until 8 p.m. Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening. Info: [email protected], 417.553.0671.

Judy’s Ballroom Dance, 3950 E. Newman Rd.:

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Argentine Tango, 7 p.m. Learn the Argentine Tango during these free lessons. Beginners welcome. No partner or registration required. Info: [email protected], 417.392.0215.

Mondays: Tanglefooter’s Round Dance Club, 7-8 p.m. Learn choreographed ballroom dancing every Monday (except for holidays) with the experienced teachers of this Joplin-based club. Ages: 14 and up. Cost: Individual $7.50, couple $15. Info: [email protected], 417.529.0686.

Neosho, MO:

Through Sept. 21: Heritage by Sherry Pettey, Southwest Missouri Bank, 110 N. Neosho Blvd. Heritage is a 9-foot by 7-foot acrylic painting on three joined panels commissioned in 2006 by the Newton County Tourism Council. It was painted in a style that resembles the work of famed regionalist painter and Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton, and it includes a variety of elements that pay homage to Neosho’s rich history. Free. Info: [email protected].

Sept. 23-28: Thomas Hart Benton Youth Art Competition – Neosho Arts Council. Works can be dropped off and entered at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, McKinney St./Hwy 86. Entries accepted from ages 8 to 17, no entry fee or residency requirement. The works will hang for two weeks on public display and awards will be presented Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Full details at

Sept. 30: Historic Neosho Schoolhouse, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 639 Young St. Join a George Washington Carver National Monument park ranger where George Washington Carver first attended school and learn about his struggles for education. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.325.4151.

 Health Events

Parsons, KS

Sept. 12: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 p.m., Cancer Center Conference Room. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

Sept. 14: Grief Companions Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS   

Sept. 27: Cancer Support Group, 3 p.m., Cancer Center Conference Room. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Sept. 27: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System 

Joplin, MO

All events are free and open to the public, unless noted; support group meetings are cancelled on days Joplin R-VIII Schools close due to inclement weather.

Sept. 5: Espresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Come and enjoy a coffee courtesy of Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. Our monthly breast cancer support group enables members to share, gain helpful information and useful tips, as well as form new friendships. Enjoy listening to a special guest from time to time. RSVP to Marcella at 417.347.2662.

Sept. 13: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 p.m., Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Kelley Wheeler at 417.347.4000 for more information.

Sept. 19: Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.

Sept. 21: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., Joplin Senior Center, 2616 S. Picher Ave. Are you a caregiver interested in having a safe haven to share your feelings? Receive information about resources and coping mechanisms, gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to deal with family members. Debbie White, Joplin Senior Center director, will present about the activities, meals and healthcare opportunities Joplin Senior Center offers. Door prizes will be given out. RSVP to Kathy at [email protected] or 417.347.8463.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 p.m. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. 

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 p.m.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday: Post-5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 a.m.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

Sept. 25: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 p.m., Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Dr. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice and Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544. 

Nevada, MO

Tuesdays: Farmer’s Market, 3-6 p.m., southeast corner of Ash and Douglas. Check out the freshest in farm produce each Tuesday afternoon just across the street from the hospital. Local growers meet to offer fresh fruits, vegetables and home-grown specialties. 

Sept. 9: Birth and Beyond Class, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A four-hour class covering childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for a woman who is in her last trimester. Especially suited for women who are giving birth for the first time, this class covers all the basics of the birthing experience. For more information or to register, call 417.448.2101.    

Sept. 26: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 a.m.-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings every fourth Tuesday of the month: This month features free blood pressure readings along with a bone density test. For further information, please call the Rich Hill Clinic at 417.395.2150.   

Sept. 28: Community Blood Drive, noon-6 p.m., NRMC Mezzanine. All blood collected through our hospital drives remains in our local area to assist patients in need. To register for a specific appointment time, visit and click on the donate blood button. Walk-ins are also welcome!

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 a.m. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 a.m.

Sept. 5: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 a.m., Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. 

Sept. 12 & 26: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 p.m., Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

Crisis Text Line Text 741741
Free 24/7 support for those
in crisis to create a plan
to stay safe and healthy.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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